The wilderness is a place of adventure and discovery. It can be liberating and refreshing to leave civilization behind and connect with the wild. It's also, however, usually unchartered territory. The unknown can be challenging, frightening, even threatening at times. The tension between safety and danger is real.
The Bible is filled with wilderness stories! Sometimes our heroes fled there to escape personal disaster. Sometimes they landed there by an unexpected turn of events. And sometimes, God even called them to the wilderness on purpose. No matter how they got there, there's always a common result: meeting God in a brand new way.
Biblical wilderness experiences definitely have a type; loss of personal control over circumstances, daily dependence on provision from God, fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit and renewed vision and commission for God's purposes. We'll be looking at some of these stories over the next few weeks, mining them for Holy Spirit guidance to not just survive, but thrive in the wilderness.
We acknowledge the prophetic nature of this moment in history. The church is in a wilderness experience, as are each one of us Jesus-followers! We share a common sense of vulnerability as we look toward the future. So what will we learn here? How will this fresh encounter with God shape us, both collectively and as individuals? What new rhythms will we develop for our faith? And how will these days prepare us for what's next?
Venture with us to meet God in a brand new way- after all, He's the one who created the wild.
October 18, 2020- 'Called to the Wild'
October 25, 2020- 'Moses: Surrender & Encounter'
November 1, 2020- 'Elijah: Building Greater Faith'
November 8, 2020- 'Jesus: Tested & True'
November 15, 2020- 'Saul: So that you may See'